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I love Spain and I’ve spent a lot of time traveling throughout the country, from Catalonia to Granada to Andalusia. But there’s another region that might not be on everyone’s radar: The Costa Cálida, The Warm Coast.
The Costa Cálida is a stretchof about 150 miles of Mediterranean coastline. As the name suggests, The Warm Coast region of Spain is warmer than most other areas. It has it’s own micro-climate that features warm and dry weather, making it perfect for beach holidays – especially for sun-seekers like me!
Accommodation can range from hotels, villas, and guest houses rural cottages and camp sites. The Murcia region (where the Costa Cálida is located) is home to some unique specialty cuisine.
The region produces a lot of vegetables, so just about every dish has a healthy portion of veg. Be sure to try the Michirones (ham and chorizo stews) and the Chuletas de Cordero al Ajo Cabañi” are lamb chops served with a garlic, vinegar, and a bay leaf dressing. There are also lots of unique cheeses and great tapas to try!
The wine of Murcia has an interesting history. Up until very recently, the wine from Murcia was known to be very strong, with a high alcohol content and prone to rapid oxidation – i.e. not good. This was due to the arid climate and old production styles still being used, but in recent years, things have changed a lot. Now you can find great local wines that will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
If you’re looking for fun, nightlife and entertainment, your best bets are Cartegena and Mar Menor. The stretch of sand from Cape Palos to Veneziola Golf is the best place for pristine sandy beaches, luxury hotels, and villas, as well as touristy locales and nightlife. Check out La Manga club for golf, tennis, world class restaurants, and fun, funky bars. There is also plenty of shopping and some spectacular beaches.
If you’re traveling through Spain, stopping in Murcia to check out the Costa Cálida, is a great idea. From the beaches to the food to the wine and the local culture, you’ll get a look at a side of Spain that many travelers miss out on.